Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Scott, Gordeev to play in Memorial Cup

Orca Wiesblatt #28 of the Calgary Hitmen takes a shot on Ian Scott #33 of the Prince Albert Raiders during a WHL game. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Orca Wiesblatt #28 of the Calgary Hitmen takes a shot on Ian Scott #33 of the Prince Albert Raiders during a WHL game. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /

Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Ian Scott and Fedor Gordeev are both headed to Halifax to compete for the Memorial Cup.

A pair of Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will wrap up their respective seasons by duking it out for CHL supremacy in the Memorial Cup.

On Monday, Leafs 2017 fourth-rounder Ian Scott helped backstop the Prince Albert Raiders to the second Memorial Cup appearance in their history. This came just a day after fellow Leafs prospect Fedor Gordeev and the Guelph Storm punched their ticket to the Canadian championship.

It’s been a tremendous season for Scott. The 20-year-old captured the WHL’s Goaltender of the Year award after compiling a 38-8-3 record with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

He followed that up by posting a 1.96 GAA and a .925 SV% in 23 playoff games.

Scott was also named the WHL’s Playoff MVP following the deciding game against the Vancouver Giants.

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Gordeev spent the first half of his campaign playing for the Flint Firebirds, who he’d spent the previous two seasons with. As is the case with many older CHLers, however, the tall blue-liner was moved to the Guelph Storm ahead of the OHL trade deadline in exchange for four draft picks.

While appearing in 63 games in total this year, Gordeev posted a career-high 32 points while dropping his penalty minutes down from the year prior.

The Storm played catchup in the majority of the series during their run to the J. Ross Robertson Cup Final. After sweeping their first-round matchup against the Kitchener Rangers, Guelph would run into the powerhouse London Knights. They’d fall into a 3-0 hole in the series before railing off four straight victories to reach the Western Conference Finals.

In that series, the Storm would again be facing elimination at the hands of the Saginaw Spirit, who held a 3-1 lead. But, as was the case in the previous round, the Storm would win every game the rest of the way to set up a showdown with the Ottawa 67s – who walked through the first three rounds without dropping a single game.

Guelph would go down 2-0 in the series. However, they’d once again shock fans by winning the next four to punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup.

In addition to Guelph and Prince Albert, the Halifax Mooseheads and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will round out the final four.

Halifax will host the Memorial Cup for the second time in the organization’s history. They made a run to the President Cup Final, which cemented Rouyn-Noranda’s spot in the Mem. Despite both teams being guaranteed a spot, there was still a series to play, and the Huskies were able to clinch the QMJHL title in six games over the Mooseheads.

The action is set to get underway on Friday when Halifax and Prince Albert square off in the opening game of the tournament.

Leafs fans can catch Scott and Gordeev go head to head on May 21.

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What do you think of both Scott and Gordeev’s respective seasons? How do you think the pair will fare next season? And has Gordeev done enough to get a contract from the Maple Leafs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!